Frida’s New Garden - Frida Kahlo
111 th Birthday Painting
Forever Frida Series
Oil Paintings in Canvas
k Madison Moore
18 x 18 x 2 Oil on Canvas
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My last Frida’s Garden sold immediately so I had a few requests to do another so here is
Frida’s New Garden. In most of my portraits of Frida she is young and I tend to make her more
beautiful and feminine that she really was as that is the way my minds eye sees her. She has always
been beautiful to me. In this portrait of Frida, I saw her aging with a few character lines around the eyes and about the face and the gray hairs starting to show. Funny how differently I saw her this time.
Of course I had to surround her with Diego's Cala Lilies, his favorite flowers.
Frida’s house in Coyoacán in Mexico City known as Casa Azul, or Blue House, now the Frida Kahlo Museum. It was there that Kahlo was born in 1907 and lived with Diego Rivera, after marrying him in
1929. Together the two created a garden that celebrated the plant life of Mexico and the artistic expression of its native peoples. Many of these plants found their way on to her body– she almost
always wore flowers threaded through her hair – and into her paintings. The garden was a place of
both comfort and inspiration for Kahlo and its garden can be counted as one of her creative artworks
an collaborations with Diego.
Kahlo’s dining-room table was decorated daily with bouquets of marigolds, blue and calla lilies, white irises, blood-red coxcomb, red zinnias blue bachelor buttons and violets. Dahlias were commonly
seen in Frida's hair.
A facsimile of the tiered pyramid that Kahlo and Rivera installed at Casa Azul to display Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts adorns their garden.
“I paint flowers so they will not die - Frida Kahlo”
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Garden at Casa La Azul